Anyway, only two colors involved and it only took be about an hour to make (including color mixing and working out the geometry of the thing).
So here it is:
Purple Flower Cane
(I really couldn't think of a more creative name for this one, sorry.)
equal amounts purple and white clay
translucent clay for background
pasta machine or acrylic roller
Make the purple and white clay into a skinner blend, starting with the shape shown below. For more info on making a skinner blend, see here.
Make it into a blended log with the white in the middle.
Reduce the log (see here for reducing info) and cut into 3 equal pieces.
Reshape the halves to fit around the whole. You will need to squish the corners toward one another a little to make them narrower and give the cut sides a little curve. Place the petals around the center. Set aside for a minute.
Take the other two logs from the original three, cut them in half the short way (for 4 logs) and cut them into thirds the long way. Stand the log up on your work surface and make a vertical cut straight down the cane.
Eyeball it a little to see where the next two cuts need to be made. Cut all four logs into thirds. You'll have 12 wedges.
Place six of the wedges in the grooves around the first row of petals. Press them on firmly.
Roll out several sheets of translucent clay and wrap the flower 4 or 5 times with it.
Trim the excess background so that the cane is round and not flower-shaped.
Reduce and trim the ends to see your finished cane!